Iconic Funk Machine
“It’ll be the funkiest horn-fueled party of the holiday season as all the players in Tower of Power squeeze onto the Dakota stage. Co-founder Emilio Castillo and crew deliver greasy East Bay soul with verve and style. Singer Larry Braggs, who is masterful on ballads, may be superior to Lenny Williams from ToP’s hitmaking “So Very Hard to Go” and “Don’t Change Horses” heyday.” – Jon Bream, Star Tribune
Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of “Urban Soul Music” to audiences around the world. The band’s horn driven sound is unclassifiably cool, and they feature one of the funkiest rhythm sections alive. Amazingly, 5 of the ten current members of the band are founding members, something unheard of from most 40 year old bands.
Emilio Castillo, tenor saxophone
Stephen “Doc” Kupka, baritone saxophone
Francis “Rocco” Prestia, bass
David Garibaldi, drums
Larry Braggs, vocals
Roger Smith, keyboards
Tom E. Politzer, tenor saxophone
Adolfo Acosta, trumpet
Sal Cracchiolo, trumpet
Jerry Cortez, guitar
Tower of Power began performing in August 1968, and they quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting elements of the burgeoning “San Francisco Sound.” After releasing one record on Bill Graham’s San Francisco records, they made the jump to Warner Brothers and by 1972 were on the national scene. The 1970s saw the band release a string of memorable records and hits that still resonate with audiences today. Tower has released a total of 19 albums, and its members have appeared on hundreds of recordings with artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others.
Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording, and this tireless work ethic translates to every live show they play. They are one of the hardest working bands in music, and this is a great opportunity to see them up close and personal!